Review By: Stefanie Parks –
This weekend I had my third encounter with the Meatball Shop. The first one was not so great (Dave and I tried to go the LES location for date night one week and there was a two hour wait so we had to go somewhere else), but my second experience there was so fantastic that it earned The Meatball Shop a spot on my list of top 5 favorite restaurants in NYC. The third visit definitely confirmed that.
All day we had been debating about whether we wanted to take Tracy and Chris to the Meatball Shop or another restaurant in Williamsburg on our top 5 list (probably my #1), St. Anselm. We rarely ever go back to the same place twice, but both of these places were just that good… We ended up deciding on The Meatball Shop because it’s right on the main street in Williamsburg and because it’s a little more low key (which was perfect after our dinner at ABC Kitchen the night before).
Our first time eating at the Meatball Shop, we went for lunch. We got the “special” (bbq with bbq sauce) naked balls (4 meatballs+sauce in a bowl) and a hero with beef meatballs and spicy sauce. Both were amazing, but we liked the naked balls better. This time around, Dave and I got an order of Naked balls with spicy pork balls and Parmesan Cream sauce and then we also shared the hero with the meatball special of the night – reuben balls. I love a good reuben, so I was expecting to like that better, but my god, the naked balls are just so good. Plus, the Parmesan Cream sauce really is to die for. On the menu, they describe it by saying, “it’s like alfredo sauce on steroids.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Of course, it’s not the healthiest, but it was delicious. Don’t get me wrong, the reuben balls on the hero was pretty awesome also (it really did taste just like a reuben), but the hero was a little bready for me (and I even scooped out some of the bread – no, not for health reasons, it was just a little too much).
On the side, we got their freshly-milled polenta, the special risotto of the day (with sun dried tomatoes), plus the great salad with apples that comes with the hero (I must say that I’m usually disappointed with the salads that “come on the side,” but not this one… and I don’t even love apples!). The polenta and risotto were both excellent, though the polenta was definitely the winner for me. We got it last time as well, and before trying it, I didn’t even think I liked polenta. Well, I do now!
And then it was time for dessert. On our last visit, we were salivating over the amazing-looking ice-cream sandwiches, but it was lunch, we were full, and we just couldn’t swing it. Not this time! We got the ice-cream sandwich with a peanut butter and snickerdoodle cookie (i love that you can choose 2 different types of cookie for each side of your sandwich!) and carmel ice-cream. All I can say is that I forgot how much I love ice cream sandwiches, but I can’t remember a time I’ve had one that was this good.
Our bill came and it was 1/3 of the price of our meal the night before. AKA, we could have had three of the deliciously amazing meals that we had at the Meatball Shop for the same price as our one meal at ABC Kitchen. Crazy. Even more crazy, is that I would definitely go back there for a third time (remember how I told you that I rarely go back to the same place twice?) – Yes, it’s that good.
The Meatball Shop does not take reservations.